It goes without saying that your aim should be to avoid getting to the point where a cheap dental implant is necessary, but if your teeth are damaged already, or if you have an acute oral trauma, you now at least have some information that can help you make safer healthier choices. And we´re talking about your body and your wallet. You might be asking yourself: “Are cheap dental implants in Mexico safe?.”
The impact your oral health has on the rest of your body is one of those things we don’t think about, but that does not make it any less relevant. Likewise, any work you have done to your teeth can have a grave impact on your health, which I’ll go over shortly.
Having a healthy set of teeth is a powerful predictor of your overall health. In our experience, sick patients who display near cavity-free teeth tend to get well relatively quickly. If on the other hand, their mouths are full of fillings and root canals, the prognosis is not nearly as good.
Cheap dental implants across the border have made dental tourism grow at a breakneck pace. However, you have to take into consideration the quality of materials and work they do before you rush into the first dental clinic that offers a great deal.
The Link Between Oral Health and Disease
There has been extensive research on the link between oral health and physical diseases. This research has never been as relevant as it is today. Native tribes that still ate their traditional diet had nearly perfect teeth and were almost 100 percent free of tooth decay. Certain diseases were also almost unheard of, such as chronic diseases of the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, joints, and skin, the types of diseases currently plaguing our society. Once these tribal populations were introduced to sugar and white flour, their health, and their perfect teeth, rapidly deteriorated.
There’s no doubt that our modern diet has changed the natural health of our teeth and our bodies, and is the cause of nearly all our current health challenges. Today it’s quite rare to find an adult with teeth that have not been marred by dental work of some kind, from mercury amalgams (silver fillings) to crowns, to root canals and bridges and implants.
If you eat properly and maintain optimal health, you’re highly unlikely to develop cavities. They only occur when you’re eating the wrong foods, and growing up; people often don’t eat the right foods. As a result, most people have a mouth full of mercury fillings. To learn more about this, take a look at this video on what mercury fillings do to your mouth.
During the time, people started replacing them with gold fillings, only to realize later that gold fillings and crowns cause problems too. So after investments several thousand dollars, you would have to get them replaced again. The best option would be with non-metal fillings and crowns. Why is this important?
Conventional Versus Biological Dentistry
Unfortunately, conventional dentistry only evaluates materials based on their mechanical characteristics, in large part ignoring the impact that particular material might have on the rest of your body.
Case in point: silver fillings, which are 50 percent mercury, a highly potent neurotoxin, has been used for over 150 years. Likewise, the fact that various metals have been in practice for years to fashion tooth implants is by no means an indication of safety.
We are currently fighting to have mercury fillings banned completely in the U.S., as it has been in some other European countries, and hope to be able to get this toxic material off the market shortly. Until then, it’s up to you to refuse them or find a dentist who has switched to safer alternatives.
Concerns regarding dangerous material have pushed people to embrace biological dentistry, also known as holistic or environmental dentistry. In a nutshell, biological dentistry views your teeth and gums as an integrated part of your entire body, and any medical treatments performed takes this fact into account. The primary aim of this type of holistic dentistry is to resolve your dental problems while impacting the rest of your body as little as possible.
Unknowingly, your health can be significantly affected by the treatments received at your general dentist’s office. Often, the impact is just not immediately noticeable.
Implants Can Exacerbate Diseases
Currently, implant surgery continues without biocompatibility testing, and extraction sites where cavitations (inflammation) are already developing have implants inserted incorrectly. Autoimmune diseases seem to aggravate or even initiated by metal implants.
Additionally, an event called oral galvanism occurs when you place two dissimilar metals in your mouth. You essentially create a battery that will serve to drive the ions of the metals out of the metal into your mouth and also generate electricity.
You may not realize it, but tiny electrical currents are foundational to the way your body operates biologically, and when you introduce a foreign source of electricity, especially one that is constantly there, you can introduce imbalances that can contribute to health problems.
This galvanic toxicity created when the metal in your mouth reacts with your saliva can over-stimulate your brain. This is true whether the metal in your mouth is a silver filling, a metal crown, or a metal dental implant.
Common signs and symptoms of galvanic toxicity include:
- A metal taste in your mouth
- A sensation of an electric charge when using metal utensils
- Chronic insomnia
- Finding suitable materials to replace the metals currently used is proving to be a challenge. However, you may now have access to a far better option if you need to have an entire tooth replaced.
Health Implications of Cavities and Root Canals
Dental caries (cavities) is a reflection of systemic illness in your body. And, if you let it go long enough to where the cavity gets into the nerve and blood vessels, bacteria can hide in the tiny tubules of the dentin, causing chronic inflammation and infection that is near impossible to eradicate. So, never ignore signs like a toothache or a cavity.
Also, remember that they are significant clues that your body is not optimally healthy and lifestyle changes are in order if you want to stop or reverse the damage that is already taking place.
As for root canals, nearly all contain colonies of bacteria that can cause major illnesses in your body. Even antibiotics won’t help in these cases because the bacteria inside of your dead tooth gets shielded. And when these bacteria migrate, via your bloodstream to other areas of your body, they can contribute to or cause more severe ailments such as:
- Heart and circulatory diseases
- Arthritis and rheumatism
- Brain and nervous system diseases
- Attending to your dental health is just as important as eating right and exercising for physical health. The two are connected, not separate systems, and each affects the other.
How To Maintain Healthy Teeth?
Although many would like to believe that regular brushing and flossing is all that your teeth need to be healthy, it’s by no means the most important factor determining your oral health. Others insist that fluoride is the key. This is still a myth. The most important aspect is your diet, sans fluoridated water.
Hygiene practices are simply preventive aids that help minimize the destructive effect of a modern, refined diet, and fluoride causes far more health problems than it’s believed to fix.
Another alternative to conventional dental fillings worth mentioning is tooth regeneration. The materials used for this procedure include solutions of chemicals that can actually rebuild decayed teeth. Enamel and dentin, the natural materials that make teeth the strongest pieces of your body, may someday replace conventional fillings.
Although this would certainly be a step up from using toxic substances like mercury to fill your teeth, it’s still a type of band aid.If you want to have healthy teeth, and a similarly healthy body, you must start from the inside out, and that means cleaning up your diet.
If you want to eat your way to healthy teeth, taking a lesson from these previous native generations is essential. You should:
- Find out your nutritional type, and eat accordingly. This will tell you which foods are ideal for your unique biochemistry.
- Eat at least one-third of your food raw.
- Avoid processed foods, sugar, refined flour and all artificial flavorings, colorings, and artificial sweeteners. Instead, seek out locally grown foods that are in-season.
- Enjoy fermented foods like natto, kefir and cultured veggies.
- Make sure you eat enough healthy fats, including those from animal sources like omega-3 fat, and reduce your intake of omega-6 from vegetable oils.
- All of the brushing and flossing in the world will not give you the healthy teeth that the above steps will, so if you value your pearly whites, get started eating a healthier diet today.
Get a Certified Dentist That is Metal Free
Like we stated before, keeping your teeth healthy to avoid a visit to the dentist is the best solution, but if it comes to that, you should always make sure that the dental practice of your choosing uses alternative materials for tooth fillings and crowns.
We’re talking about a practice that uses these type of fillings. There is the standard filling, and then there are cosmetic fillings. These are known as Onlays and inlays. Our dental office uses composite resins and porcelains that are both safe and reliable.
No one type of filling is best for everyone. What’s right for you will be determined by the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and the cost. Different materials include:
Composite resins: matched to be the same color as your teeth and therefore used where a natural appearance is what you’re looking for. We use the newest and highest quality material in the market right now, so these resins won’t get stains. However, good dental hygiene is always recommended to keep them good as new.
Porcelain fillings: called inlays or onlays and are produced to order in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration covers most of the tooth. Their cost is similar to gold.
There are many risks associated with amalgams and mercury, so the safe bet would be to stay away from these type of materials and visit a mercury free practice. If you have mercury amalgams, you should see your dentist to remove them and get some amalgam free fillings.